Reviews “The Log and the Leeway “

” …The Log and the Leeway is one of the most unusual albums we’ve received this year, from one of the most unusual artists.  But where other artists come across as weird and off-putting, Kaboom Karava(also known as Bram Bosteels) comes across as mysterious and iconic.  There’s a sublime intelligence at work here, present in the sheer breadth of timbres...
The tagline “folk music from another dimension” certainly seems to fit…
Losing his father suddenly and unexpectedly was not the adventure Bosteels had in mind when he embarked on the journey that led to this album. He set off on a journey of exploration, inspired by old maps and journals, hoping to find he knew not what. While pain is apparent in the album’s abstract sounds, there’s also an abundance of curiosity, relayed to the listener via sonic means. What can one do when one’s world has been knocked off its axis? Bosteels’ answer is to find – or invent – another world. Instead of shrinking from the mystery of death, he moves deeper into the mystery of life.

( A Closer Listen / Richard Allen )

So wide-ranging that any attempt to sum this up in one sentence would be unfair to Bram Bosteels; suffice it to say that it is at once familiar, unlike anything you’ve heard and deeply impressive
( OSMR / Kevin Press )

**** …With The Log And The Leeway KK again delivers an album with his very own expressiveness. It has become a very personal story par excellence. A somewhat eccentric, but creative representation of a long period, full of all kinds of unexpected could consider the album as a mysterious “wunderkammer” where it is wonderful to stay.
Moreover, the music offers only a cross to put your own imagination to work. The beautiful The Log And The Leeway is a rather unconventional and experimental piece of work, but continues to intrigue and fascinate even after several listening sessions… **** “

( Dansende Beren / Philippe De Cleen )

” … Six years have passed, and KK is back, with a new album [for Miasmah again] . The application of unique acoustic instrumentation is still at the core of the sound, with whimsical percussion, organic plucked curiosity, and strange field recordings that take you out of this universe and into another, where you “wake up next to a bonfire in the middle of a swamp wearing somebody else’s clothes” and instantly take on that character’s role. The effect of Kaboom Karavan’s music leads to one of those rare examples where the soundtrack that accompanies an imagined story is greater than the non-existing film. Turn down the light, put on this album, and travel to a place within yourself you did not know existed. The narrative that seeps through the activated mind triggered by these sounds is not unlike the daydream induced by the ingestion of the sage of the diviners by shamans of the Mazatec for spiritual healing sessions facilitated by the visionary states of consciousness. I have to earnestly agree with Skodvin’s observation that “the ones familiar with Kaboom Karavan already know that nothing really sounds quite like it.” The vinyl release features a 16-page booklet of musical illustrations and collagés which is a little treasure in itself…
( Headphone Commute )

“ … KK did a new addition to its wonderful sound world… “Bots” is featherlight, “Silk Skin Armor” is closer to trance then KK ever did, the excellent “Mindus” is darker… The atmosphere remains unmistakably Kaboom: indefinable but accessible… ( Gonzo Circus / Stijn Buyst )

” … every note offers up a new treasure. Earthy and yet entertaining possibilities of the extradimensional and the bending of accepted, universal laws, The Log and the Leeway’s music is surprising, reflecting the change that Bram experienced in the form of notes which appear out of nowhere, like potentially-lethal shocks of high voltage. A rare, spectral folk music has emerged from this metamorphosis, and it’s created a genuinely diverse record... ” ( Fluid Radio )

“…The Log And The Leeway is the first Kaboom Karavan album in six years from Belgian production wizkid Bram Bosteels. Inspired by his love for travel, literature and the sudden death of his father, there’s something cosmic and wondrous yet unmistakably earthbound about proceedings…” ( Norman Records )